Business Development Program

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The City of Fort Saskatchewan Business Development Program offers five unique grants that were developed, in partnership with local business, to help accelerate the growth and development of small businesses and spur commercial property owners to invest in improving substandard property.

The Business Development Program will be offered for 3 years, from 2016 through 2018. Applications for 2017 will be accepted beginning January 16, 2017 until the deadline date of November 1, 2017.

Small Business Education Grant

Small Business Marketing Grant

Small business Equipment & Technology Grant

Storefront Improvement Grant

Commercial Infill Grant

 

Funding

Grants range from $500 to $25,000 with a total of $60,000 in funding available for 2017.  Submitting an application does not guarantee a grant or a specific grant amount. All project proposals are subject to a comprehensive review of application and required information, must reflect the spirit and intent of each grant. Grand funding will be allocated on a case-by-case basis subject to the approval of the Economic Development staff, until the budget has been spent or the program year has ended.

 

Eligibility

Each grant has it's own unique  requirement, however generally the grants are available to business owners with a Resident Business Licence and/or owners of commercial property located in Fort Saskatchewan.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

If the Frequently Asked Questions section below does not answer your questions, please contact ecdev@fortsask.ca or 780-992-6278.

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • Am I required to use local contractors when applying for any of the Business Development Program Grants?

  • Why aren't advertising fees eligible for the Small Business Marketing Grant?

  • For the Storefront Improvement Grant, I plan on performing some of the work myself. Can I submit my labour as an eligible expense?

  • Are software licence fees eligible under the Small Business Equipment & Technology Grant?

  • Are computers eligible for the Small Business Equipment & Technology Grant?

  • Are signs eligible for the Storefront Improvement Program?

  • I am the owner of home based business. Am I eligible for the Storefront Improvement Grant?

  • How do I know if my commercial property is old enough to be eligible for the Commercial Infill Grant

  • I own a commercial property and my tenant received a Storefront Improvement Grant. Am I second grant if I apply as the landlord?

  • I lease space for my business. Am I eligible for the Storefront Improvement Grant?

  • I have a project that would qualify under two grants. Can apply for both?

  • Can I receive more than one grant?